Welch Allyn CEO to speak at SUNY Oswego’s December commencement

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Dr. Julie Shimer, chief executive officer and president of Welch Allyn
Dr. Julie Shimer, chief executive officer and president of Welch Allyn

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 18, will feature Dr. Julie Shimer, chief executive officer and president of Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls, as speaker.

About 300 degree candidates are eligible to participate and be recognized, along with three faculty and staff honored by the State University in 2010.

A number of retiring faculty and professional staff will also be recognized at the 10 a.m. ceremony, which will be simulcast locally on Time Warner Cable and streamed live via the college website. Admission to the graduation ceremony is by ticket, with tickets available from the candidates for graduation.

Shimer joined Welch Allyn in 2002 as a member of the global company’s board of directors, bringing with her more than 20 years of leadership experience in the computer networking and wireless communications industries.

She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is actively involved in programs that encourage women to enter engineering fields and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Society for Women Engineers.

“With SUNY Oswego’s expanding engineering programs and the college’s project encouraging women to pursue science-related fields, our committee felt that Dr. Shimer had the credentials to be an inspiring and timely speaker,” said Howard Gordon, executive assistant to college President Deborah F. Stanley. He convened the campus speakers committee that helped to select her.

Welch Allyn is a privately held manufacturer of frontline medical equipment and diagnostic solutions. Shimer became president and CEO in 2007, the first woman to hold this post in the 95-year history of the company. Welch Allyn recently broke ground on a $30 million expansion at its global headquarters in Skaneateles Falls.

Shimer previously served as president and CEO of Vocera Communications, a leading wireless communications company based in Cupertino, Calif. She also held executive and leadership positions at 3Com Corp., Motorola, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Co. Along the way, she received a U.S. patent and authored more than 10 technical papers.

SUNY honors

Oswego’s newest distinguished service professor, Alfred Frederick of the School of Education, and two Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence recipients — Robert Casper, director of career services, and Deborah Trionfero, secretary to the dean of education — will be recognized at December’s graduation ceremony along with the semester’s degree candidates. SUNY announced the honors last spring.

For faculty at State University campuses, promotion to distinguished rank is a prestigious system-level distinction conferred by SUNY’s board of trustees. The categories include distinguished professor, distinguished service professor and distinguished teaching professor. Frederick is the first professor in Oswego’s School of Education to achieve distinguished rank.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.